jamie goode's wine blog: A biodynamic Champagne that rocks

Monday, November 26, 2007

A biodynamic Champagne that rocks

It's a quiet Monday evening, so time for some fizz. And not just any old fizz, but a Vintage Champagne from one of the last century's great vintages, and from a biodynamic grower to boot. It's a really fantastic wine, and it should have been saved for a special occasion. But I don't feel too bad for opening it...

Champagne Fleury 1996
A yellow/gold colour, this has a sensational nose: it's complex and full, with notes of honey, baked apples, lemons, toast and pastry. The palate is concentrated with powerful flavours of lemon, herbs and toast. It's a rich style, with lots of impact, but kept fresh by piercing acidity. A really super effort - worth the relatively high asking price. Beginning to drink well now, but with this level of acidity it isn't going to fall apart any time soon. 94/100 (38 Vintage Roots)

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At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Mmm. Sounds nice. Perhaps will have to try a bottle. I seem to be accumulating quite a lot of 96 fizz and am optimistic that most are for the long haul.

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, Alex - I reckon they are.

At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work with this producer in the US and I would have to agree that he rocks. Give the Rose a try, biodynamic cassis anyone?


At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The '96 Pol is still delivering.

At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Co-incidentally after reading your review I was at yesterday's Renaissance des Appellation Biodynamic tasting here in Tokyo. Who should be presenting his 1996 Champagne but Jean-Sebastien Fleury. I said I had literally read your complemntary review hours before. I agree it is a very good Champagne unfortunately the RRP here is GBP60. I e-mailed him the link to your blog.

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous John Holland said...

I agree, Fleury is fantastic.

Have you tried any of David Leclapart's bio offerings?


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